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5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Richard Crowson: We Need A Legislature of Shockers!

Lucy can’t get over us human beings.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Your Move: Short Stories Meet Beautiful Artwork in 'Dixit'

Credit The Shifted Librarian / Flickr / Creative Commons

Last week, I asked a friend to introduce me to some lesser-known games that don’t take very long to play. He immediately pulled out a game called Dixit. When he told me that it’s a game about telling short stories, I didn’t really understand how short he meant.

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Science
10:16 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Tylosaurus And Pteranodon Under Consideration To Become State Fossils

Two creatures dating to the period when Kansas was a vast ocean are closer to becoming the state's official fossils.

A bill received tentative approval on Wednesday which would name the tylosaurus and the pteranodon as the official fossils.

They'll join the western meadowlark, ornate box turtle, and bison as official state animals and reptiles.

The tylosaurus was a large sea creature that hunted the ocean that covered Kansas more than 80 million years ago. The pteranodon roamed the skies.

Fossils have been found in the chalk hills in western Kansas.

Politics
10:02 am
Thu February 27, 2014

State Republicans Block Proposal To Hold Legislative Party Caucus Meetings In Public

Republicans in the Kansas Senate have blocked a proposal from Democrats to require all legislative party caucus meetings to be open to the public.

The Senate voted 30-8 Wednesday against a proposal from Minority Leader Anthony Hensley.

Only one Republican, Carolyn McGinn of Sedgwick, supported his measure.

The Kansas Open Meetings Act generally requires government meetings to be open to the public. It has an exception for the Legislature, so that each chamber can close their daily caucus meetings.

Education
9:56 am
Thu February 27, 2014

University Of Kansas To Begin Construction On Two New Dorm Halls

The University of Kansas is ready to begin construction of two five-story halls that will house 350 students.

Groundbreaking for the $47.8 million project is scheduled for next Wednesday.

The new residence halls will include two- and four-person suites. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2015, with the first students moving in that August.

The nearly 50-year-old McCollum Hall will be torn down in the summer of 2015.

Students will be able to sign up online to live in the new halls in September.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

'Pompeii' Offers The Same Old Story, With Killer Production Values

Credit rottentomatoes.com

The final half hour or so of Pompeii should satisfy everybody-- it even satisfied me.

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Commentary
10:45 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Bar Crawls, Film Education and Kids In Prison

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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Environment
9:49 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Kansas Geological Survey Says That Groundwater Levels Decreased More Slowly in 2013

The Kansas Geological Survey says groundwater levels in southwest Kansas declined at a slower pace in 2013 than in recent years.

The KGS also says increases in wells around south-central Kansas are attributed to above-average rainfall that reduced irrigation during the spring growing season.

Preliminary information shows that water tables in southwest Kansas dropped over 2 feet last year. During each of the three previous years, water levels fell by more than 3 feet.

Energy
9:41 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Large Turbine Order For Siemens Wind Plant Means 30 More Jobs For Hutchinson

A large order for wind turbines from North Dakota could be good economic news for Hutchinson.

The Siemens Wind plant received an order for 64 of its 3-megawatt direct-drive turbines for a wind farm in North Dakota.

That will mean about 30 new jobs at the Hutchinson plant.

It's the first large order for the direct-drive turbines.

Workers at the Hutchinson plant manufacture the section that holds the wind turbine's generating components, such as the generator, gearbox, drive train, and brake assembly.

Wichita Mosaic
6:32 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Angela Mallory

Donut Whole co-owner Angela Mallory
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Wichita is a city with people from many cultures and backgrounds. A jigsaw puzzle made up of colorful and interlocking pieces. But how much do we really know about the people that live here?

Wichita native Angela (or "Angie") Mallory's path in life has lead her on many exciting adventures--from competing for the state of Kansas in soccer at age 13 to an offer to be a model in New York as a young adult. But Angela says her winding past has given her the skills and experiences she needed to her iconic downtown donut shop with her business partner, Michael Carmody.

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